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Support Wistar research by raising awareness and funds through special events. Please consider partnering with us by becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets to our exciting fundraising events, or volunteering your time or services. For more information about events, please contact Elyse Hoffmann.

The Wistar Discovery Gala

Discovery GalaThe Wistar Discovery Gala is a biennial, fun-filled event that highlights past and future Wistar discoveries while raising funds for cutting-edge biomedical research. This fundraiser is co-hosted by Wistar’s Leadership Council and Ambassadors committees.

Click here to learn about the Discovery Gala that took place on September 30, 2016.




Women & Science

Women & Science

Wistar’s Women & Science Program features the research contributions made by women scientists and raises funds to promote their work.

The program features Wistar scientists and renowned guest researchers who will discuss topics such as cancer, aging, vaccines, immune disorders and allergies, HIV, and infectious diseases.

Click here to learn more about this program.



The Wistar Gala

The Wistar GalaEvery other year, The Wistar Institute hosts a formal evening event featuring an elegant dinner and late-night dancing with many of Philadelphia’s business and community leaders.

The Wistar Award is presented at the Gala to an individual who reflects the qualities of compassion, integrity, generosity, commitment, and vision that the Institute’s founding members demonstrated.

To learn more about past galas, click here.


The President's Society

The President's Society

The President’s Society is a group of individuals who understand the importance of basic biomedical research to the elimination of cancer and infectious disease as causes of human suffering and death worldwide.  With their annual gifts of $1,000 or more, they support research programs that are vital to The Wistar Institute’s mission, such as pilot research projects, shared research facilities, faculty recruitment and training for the next generation of scientific leaders.

President’s Society members also enjoy a special relationship with Wistar, its staff and resources.  Among the many privileges of membership are personalized research updates and invitations to special events designed to educate as well as entertain, including The President’s Award luncheon. 

[In the image: Lanny Newman and Maida Milone attend the President’s Award luncheon in honor of Carmen Marc Valvo.]

For more information, please call the Office of Development at (215) 898-3930.

The President's Award

The Wistar Institute established The Wistar President’s Award in 2004 to honor an individual who advocates for the importance of biomedical research to tackle the greatest challenges in understanding, treating and preventing cancer and other infectious diseases. The award is given to a true champion –whose visionary leadership and extraordinary achievements toward improving human health have made a major impact, changing the research paradigm for cancer and infectious diseases. 

Recipients have included cancer survivors, disease education advocates and community outreach partners such as veteran ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson; General H. Norman Schwarzkopf; U.S. Senator Arlen Specter; ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts; fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo; and Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig. Most importantly, the selected honorees fully embody the principles of Wistar’s mission: to marshal the talents of outstanding scientists through a highly-enabled culture of biomedical collaboration and innovation, in order to solve some of the world’s most challenging and important problems in the fields of cancer and immunology, and produce groundbreaking advances in world health.

Members of Wistar’s President’s Society and local leaders are invited to attend The President’s Award event. The President’s Society is comprised of annual fund donors who give $1,000 or more each year to The Wistar Institute.

Organize a Fundraising Event

Want to make a difference through supporting biomedical research? Create your own event to benefit The Wistar Institute.

Get Started

Prior to beginning any fundraising efforts on behalf of the Wistar Institute, you first need to complete and submit our Third Party Event Proposal a minimum of six weeks prior to beginning any promotional efforts or planning for your event. Upon receipt of your proposal, a Wistar staff member will contact you within five business days to notify you as to the approval or decline of your proposed event. Contact Elyse Hoffmann for more information and helpful tools in planning your event.

Participate in Events

Do you want to learn about the hottest fields in research? Have you ever contemplated the innate beauty of the cell membrane? Fancy a round of golf to support brain cancer research? From the Emerging Issues in Science series to the annual Nikon Small World exhibit to the annual Golf & Bridge Classic, The Wistar Institute supports public and special events throughout the year that both entertain and educate.